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Solved WINDOWS_8 UNINSTALL..Not able to boot from original XP-PRO drive.


JMIG

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#1
I decided to try WIN-8.

Installed it on extra drive I had with clean install.
Made sure that during install this seperate drive was designated as install drive.
I'venow seen enough.

I now would like to go back and boot from my original drive(XP-PRO).

When I set it as the first boot drive in the BIOS I still boot to WIN-8.

I then reformatted the WIN-8 drive and tried agiain. Same result. Cannot get my original drive to boot into my XP-PRO OS. It boots to WIN-8.

I then removed the WIN-8 drive completley from my system. Tried to boot.. Get error message that system is missing required HDW or Software.

I am guessing that during the WIN-8 install, the install process must have altered the registry on my original XP Pro drive.

When I look into at my original XP PRO drive, all my original files and windows OS files are still there.
I just can't boot from that drive without envokong WIN-8?

Any suggestions on how I get my original HD and OS back?
 

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    -KINGSTON SNVP325S2128GB (128GB Solid State)
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vrosa

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#3
I am guessing that during the WIN-8 install, the install process must have altered the registry on my original XP Pro drive.
Windows 8 didnt altered XP registry data, but changed your old boot files.

I sugest you to install Windows 7 on your other drive (where Win8 was); install EasyBCD 2.1 and install a boot loader on XP drive; and finally manually add the old XP install.

Hope it helps :)
 

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JMIG

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#4
Thank you!

I'll give it a try.

I guess the other way might be........
Boot using the XP Pro install disk, go to recovery console, do a FIXBOOTcommand?



I am guessing that during the WIN-8 install, the install process must have altered the registry on my original XP Pro drive.
Windows 8 didnt altered XP registry data, but changed your old boot files.

I sugest you to install Windows 7 on your other drive (where Win8 was); install EasyBCD 2.1 and install a boot loader on XP drive; and finally manually add the old XP install.

Hope it helps :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL
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    INTEL HOME BUILT
    CPU
    Intel quad core 2.6GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1024 MB)
    Sound Card
    REALTEK ON BOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    PLANAR 27" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080 32BIT
    Hard Drives
    -KINGSTON SNVP325S2128GB (128GB Solid State)
    -WDC WD7502ABYS SATA-II Disk
    -WDC WD7502ABYS SATA-II Disk
    PSU
    CORSAIR 650W Modular
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    ENERMAX MIDSIZE
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JMIG

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Thank you.


It turns out Microsoft Windows 8 Beta over wrote my C:\ drive MBR during installation. What's surprising about this is I installed WIN-8 to a completely different drive than my C:\ drive for just the reason I didn't want to repartition it and didn't want any chance of this happening.

In any event I used "PARTION MAGIC" which has an "REWRITE MBR" function. Worked Like a charm
:)
Thanks again for the response!


XP?

Why not Ghost an image and then just wipe W8 but reimaging the machine?
 

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    WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL
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    INTEL HOME BUILT
    CPU
    Intel quad core 2.6GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1024 MB)
    Sound Card
    REALTEK ON BOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    PLANAR 27" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080 32BIT
    Hard Drives
    -KINGSTON SNVP325S2128GB (128GB Solid State)
    -WDC WD7502ABYS SATA-II Disk
    -WDC WD7502ABYS SATA-II Disk
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    CORSAIR 650W Modular
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    ENERMAX MIDSIZE
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    -3-120mm, 1-180mm fans
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Dave76

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When installing a new OS it will look for existing boot files and use them.

If you want a completely separate installation, pick your OS from BIOS, then just disconnect the old OS hard drive when you install the new one.
This will give you two completely separate installations, either can be deleted with no effect on the other.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64
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    Intel Core i5-3570K 4.6GHz
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    GIGABYTE GA-Z77X UD3H f18
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    Desktop: eSATA ports,
    External eSATA Seagate 500GB SATA2 7200rpm,

JMIG

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Thank you,..........Yes Dave, Unfortunately I found that out the hard way!
Even though I installed an a seperate and clean drive it found my C: drive MBR and altered it.

Furtunately I have a program XXCLONE that has a 1-button "REPAIR MBR". It worked like a charm


When installing a new OS it will look for existing boot files and use them.

If you want a completely separate installation, pick your OS from BIOS, then just disconnect the old OS hard drive when you install the new one.
This will give you two completely separate installations, either can be deleted with no effect on the other.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL
    System Manufacturer/Model
    INTEL HOME BUILT
    CPU
    Intel quad core 2.6GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1024 MB)
    Sound Card
    REALTEK ON BOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    PLANAR 27" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080 32BIT
    Hard Drives
    -KINGSTON SNVP325S2128GB (128GB Solid State)
    -WDC WD7502ABYS SATA-II Disk
    -WDC WD7502ABYS SATA-II Disk
    PSU
    CORSAIR 650W Modular
    Case
    ENERMAX MIDSIZE
    Cooling
    -3-120mm, 1-180mm fans
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    Logitech Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
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    12000Mbps Down, 1200 MBps up

Dave76

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#9
Thanks for letting us know how you resolved it, and congrats.
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    76~2.0
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3570K 4.6GHz
    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE GA-Z77X UD3H f18
    Memory
    8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600 CORSAIR Vengeance CL8 1.5v
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X 1GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    Onboard VIA VT2021
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LCD Dell SP2208WFP
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Samaung 840Pro 128GB, Seagate 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 32mb, Seagate 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32mb,
    PSU
    Corsair HX650W
    Case
    Cooler Master Storm Scout
    Cooling
    Corsair H80 w/Noctua NF P12 12cm fan, case fans 2X14cm
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave
    Mouse
    CM Sentinel
    Internet Speed
    Abysmal
    Browser
    Opera Next
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    Dell Venue 8Pro: Baytrail Z3740D, 2GB Ram, 64GB HDD, 8" IPS Display 1280 x 800, Active Stylus.
    Haswell laptop: HP Envy 17t-j, i7-4700MQ, GeForce 740M 2GB DDR3, 17.3" Full HD 1920x1080, 16GB RAM, Samsung 840 Pro 128GB, 1TB Hitachi 7200 HDD,
    Desktop: eSATA ports,
    External eSATA Seagate 500GB SATA2 7200rpm,

JMIG

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Thanks Ted.

I solved the problem by using a neat little program called XXCLONE.
It has a FIX MBR function. One click and it rewrote my MBR and I was able to recapture and reboot my C: drive into my XP-PRO OS.

Thanks for the response.
john
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WINDOWS XP PROFESSIONAL
    System Manufacturer/Model
    INTEL HOME BUILT
    CPU
    Intel quad core 2.6GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1024 MB)
    Sound Card
    REALTEK ON BOARD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    PLANAR 27" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080 32BIT
    Hard Drives
    -KINGSTON SNVP325S2128GB (128GB Solid State)
    -WDC WD7502ABYS SATA-II Disk
    -WDC WD7502ABYS SATA-II Disk
    PSU
    CORSAIR 650W Modular
    Case
    ENERMAX MIDSIZE
    Cooling
    -3-120mm, 1-180mm fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    12000Mbps Down, 1200 MBps up

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